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Lawrence family smear claims: 'No public inquiry yet'

SMEAR CLAIMS: Stephen Lawrence's family was allegedly targeted by the Met police

HOME SECRETARY Theresa May has confirmed that she will not order a public inquiry at this stage into allegations that the police tried to smear the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The Conservative minister made the announcement, believing a further inquiry would be inappropriate with two investigations currently ongoing.

The two inquiries are Operation Herne – a police-led investigation into the use of the undercover officers, and the Ellison Review, a review by barrister Mark Ellison into claims of police corruption in the original Stephen Lawrence investigations.

In a meeting with Stephen’s mother earlier today, May told mother Doreen Lawrence that she would order another public inquiry if Ellison asks for one or if there is no confidence in his investigation.

The Lawrence family’s solicitor Imran Khan told ITV News she finds this position unacceptable.

Mrs Lawrence is known to want a judge-led public inquiry to find out the truth behind claims the family were deliberately targeted in a police undercover operation to derail their campaign to get justice for her son Stephen.

The 18-year-old was murdered in 1993 in Eltham, southeast London, by a gang of white youths.

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